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Technologies Empowering Smart Healthcare

Technologies Empowering Smart Healthcare

The healthcare industry is evidencing a significant paradigm shift. Beyond the impressive advances in life sciences that have led to a plethora of new diagnostics and therapeutics opportunities, existing technologies associated with other fields of research are remarkably empowering healthcare.

This fact is particularly evident by looking through innovations in the fields of nanotechnology, robotics, and three-dimensional (3D) (bio)printing, as well as, a myriad of advancements in information and communication (ICT) technologies, smart devices, and virtual reality approaches, which are dramatically driving the concept of healthcare delivery under a more comprehensive and holistic perspective. Hence, for instance:

Nanotechnologies allow for developments in active implantable healthcare devices and smart sensors, including pacemakers, retinal implants and hearing aids. In addition, nanotech-based applications have demonstrated great success in developing more effective diagnostic devices and wound healing technologies, as well as, notable advancements in medical equipment, including surgical tools, smart textiles, and monitoring dressings.
Robotic science, including surgical robots and other computer-assisted electromechanical devices are designed to be used in robotically-assisted surgeries, thus overcoming the limitations of open and invasive surgeries.
Regenerative medicine has become a remarkable and promising field among the foremost innovative areas of medical care today by comprising principles of stem cell technology and tissue engineering, and combining advanced biomaterials with small molecules and biologics to replace or regenerate human tissues and organs and restore their functions, as a proof of true technology synergy.
Digital innovations allowing smart communications, connected health and data management, are driving medicine into the age of healthcare democratization, empowering at the same time, patients, physicians, caregivers and hospitals, as never before.

This research service (RS) depicts the current landscape and the new trends in smart healthcare, focused on the following highly interrelated and synergistic approaches:

Internet of Things (IoT), fundamentally, Internet of Healthcare Things, including all types of machine to machine (M2M) interactions and communications among intelligent devices, smart sensors, surgical robots, nanobots and microbots, etc., with remote platforms for real time operation
Cloud Computing, mostly focused on on-demand services for the healthcare industry and facilitating worldwide web-based operations
Big Data, essential from the perspective of connected health and connected care through predictive analytics and semantic reasoning allowing managing enormous amounts from multiple sources of data
Virtual Reality, centered on creating or replicating environments that make possible to prepare complex operations and training, also empowering other technologies such as 3D (bio)(tissue)printing and other regenerative medicine approaches.

The study deeply illustrates the following:
Technology roadmap, trends, capabilities, and applications targeted
Stakeholder activities, influence, industry initiatives, investment environment, and support
Regional and global regulation landscape, standardization approaches for tackling challenges
Technology benchmarking for smart decisions

An appendix is included, comprising lists of major participants found in the study and the most notable patents in the field.


  • Executive Summary
    • Research Scope: Technologies Empowering Smart Healthcare
    • Research Focus: Technology Synergy Driving Smart Decisions
    • Research Framework: Smart Healthcare Concept
    • Research Methodology: The Frost & Sullivan Core Value
    • Research Methodology: The Five Steps Toward Success
    • Key Facts and Findings: The Global Picture in Numbers
  • Technology Snapshot and Trends
    • Key Elements of Analysis: The `Smartness' Concept
    • Smart Healthcare: Brief Overview and Trends
    • Smart Healthcare: Factors Influencing Healthcare Paradigm Shift
    • Healthcare Evolution: The Road Toward Smart Healthcare
    • Disruptive Solutions: Macro Drivers in the Healthcare Sector
    • Disruptive Applications: Vital Service Segments
  • Environmental Analysis and Value Chain Assessment
    • Healthcare Challenges: The Three Big Challenges
    • Technology and Business Landscape: Accelerators
    • Technology and Business Landscape: Challenges
    • Smart Healthcare Architecture: The Whole Smart System
    • Empowering People: Expanding Participants' Capabilities
    • Models and Strategies: Building a New Healthcare Culture
    • Healthcare Business Models: Leveraging New Niches
    • Value Chain Framework: The Pieces on the Board
  • Impact Assessment and Strategic Analysis
    • Intelligent Solutions: The Smart Product
    • Intelligent Solutions: The Evolution Toward Future Medicine
    • Intelligent Solutions: Data Lifecycle
    • Intelligent Solutions: Customer Focus
    • Intelligent Solutions: Smart Products Coming Next Decade
    • Care Delivery Models: The Prescriptive Medicine Approach
  • Industry Landscape and Market Trends
    • Key Participants: The Value Chain Progression
    • Key Stakeholders: Functions and Responsibilities
    • Key Operational Models: The Four Managing Directions
    • Connected Health and Connected Care: The Six eServices
    • Key Funding Models: The Four Approaches
    • Smart Ecosystems: The Ensemble Portrait
    • Key Roles: Factors Pulling and Pushing Innovation
    • Key Infrastructure Development: The Global Scenario
    • Key Actions: Rules for Success in the Smart Healthcare Space
  • Market Potential and Intellectual Property
    • Market Potential: Forecast and Milestones
    • Market Segmentation: Technology/Services/Region
    • Global Footprint: Smart Healthcare Trends in 2025
    • Intellectual Property: Smart Healthcare Patent Trends
    • Intellectual Property: Smart Healthcare IP Research Focus
  • Best Practices and Strategic Insights
    • The Road Ahead: Innovation Model Driving Smart Healthcare
    • The Road Ahead: Open Collaboration Models Leading Innovation
    • The Road Ahead: Gaining Competitiveness in New Niches
    • Transformation in the Internet of Healthcare Things Ecosystem
    • Transformation in the Cloud Computing Healthcare Ecosystem
    • Transformation in the Big Data Healthcare Ecosystem
    • Transformation in the Healthcare Virtual Reality Ecosystem
    • Growth Opportunities: Tapping Into Technology and Digital Synergy
    • Growth Opportunities: The Five Major Prospects
    • Strategic Imperatives: Critical Success Factors
  • Performance Benchmarking and Strategic Recommendations
    • Multicriteria Approach for Benchmarking: Methodology
    • Multicriteria Approach for Benchmarking: Strategic Portfolio
    • Multicriteria Approach for Benchmarking: Level 0 Criteria
    • Multicriteria Approach for Benchmarking: Level 1 Criteria
    • Multicriteria Approach for Benchmarking: Level 2 Criteria
    • Multicriteria Approach for Benchmarking: Analytic Results
    • Multicriteria Approach for Benchmarking: Final Assessment
    • Innovation Benchmarking: Strategy Assessment
    • Innovation Benchmarking: Top Tier Participants
    • Innovation Benchmarking: Major Collaborations
    • Innovation Benchmarking: Strategic Business Cases
    • Innovation Benchmarking: Final Remarks
  • Appendix
    • Key Industry Influencers
    • Key Granted Patents

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